Hay fever season is fast approaching, and will be earlier than usual in many parts of the country this year. Year after year, I’ve observed that sensory issues and unwanted behaviors become significantly worse when seasonal allergies crop up. Talk to your pediatrician or pediatric allergist to find the best approach to allergies for your child, and consider these tips:
- Rinse out allergens from nasal passages daily by using a saline solution such as Little Noses, Simply Saline or a similar saline-only product.
- Wash hair and body at the end of each day to remove pollen and other allergens.
- Wash window screens to clear them from pollen and other allergens.
- Use a HEPA air filter and a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
Some food allergies are extremely serious. For example, if your child is extremely allergic to nuts, not only cannot eat a single nut, but he should also not eat food prepared anywhere near a nut.
- If your child has a food allergy or sensitivity, be sure to speak with your child’s school each year and before each field trip. Don’t assume that every staff member is aware of your child’s food allergy.
- Be extra cautious at group gatherings. Ask guests to not bring foods or treats that contain the offending substance. Speak with guests coming to your home or the host if you are heading elsewhere beforehand.
- If you are flying, call ahead to the airline and request that no nuts be served on the plane.
For more information on food allergies, visit The Food Allergy Intiative.